South Fork

November 9, 2021 9:00 am

The South Fork of the Shoshone is a smaller version of the North Fork of the Shoshone, with more boulders and pocket water and less public access to BLM, State or USFS land.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages as regularly as some of you would like to see. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers cannot sit at the computer all day posting updates. We are still guiding anglers taking advantage of the low flows and mild fall weather, as well as answering phones, helping retail customers, etc. We do hope you understand our predicament and forgive us for any oversight when it comes to the fishing reports. 

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop during 2021 to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of current information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept our doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for late spring and summer trips in 2022. If  you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 

CFS: 108 at Valley (30 miles from Cody) 172 where the river dumps into Buffalo Bill Reservoir 

Flows are low but the fly fishing has been good to decent although the colder water temps have slowed down the action on dries. Trout have been responding well to the flies listed below.

Flies: Wet – tan or black North Fork Specials size 8-14 work very well when the river is in good shape, especially the black bodied red or purple tungsten bead versions! Other wet flies that are working – Bead head or regular Prince, copper Johns, bloody Mary, PT’s, gold ribbed hare’s ear, and gray or peacock soft hackles. Sizes #8-18.

Dries – BWO’s and midges – size 16-22.

Streamers: Peanut Envy, mini Peanuts, woolly buggers, muddler minnows, Zonkers and similar imitations size 2-10. Tan, Olive, black, white.

Private water laws apply on the South Fork as on the North Fork — No access below the high water line on private property. When floating, dropping anchor or laying up on rocks is verboten.


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